I’m a money saving pro – my tips for buying produce that will last for weeks… – The US Sun

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A SAVINGS guru has revealed her best secrets to get the most out of fresh produce in your grocery haul.

The shopping expert says which produce you choose to buy is key if you want the fresh products to last for weeks.

Grocery guru Rachel Coons shared her best tips to get produce to last longer


Grocery guru Rachel Coons shared her best tips to get produce to last longerCredit: TikTok/heyrachelcoons
She said peppers, apples, and potatoes are among foods that will last the longest


She said peppers, apples, and potatoes are among foods that will last the longestCredit: Getty

“One of the biggest struggles people have with grocery shopping every two weeks is getting groceries to last that long,” Rachel Coons said in a recent TikTok.

“And I am here to tell you that most produce will last a full two weeks.

“But there are some tricks that will help you get there.”

Coons recommends selecting long-lasting produce and having a solid meal plan to get the fresh items to stretch into the second week.

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She said that the following fruits and vegetables should last up to two weeks:

  • Squash
  • Peppers
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Grapefruit
  • Onion
  • Pears
  • Avocado
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon

As an alternative, Coons suggests the use of canned or frozen fruits and veggies.

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“These are not my first option, but later in that second week, they are a good resource to have,” she said.

In a follow-up video, Coons gave further tips to give produce a longer life.

All your lettuce and celery should be wrapped in tinfoil to help keep it from spoiling.

She also suggested that berries be washed in a water and vinegar mix and stored in an airtight container.

Thick-skinned produce won’t spoil as fast as other alternatives, she said.

As for herbs, they do best stored in a glass jar with their stems in water.

Coons offers a final trick for shoppers who are still not able to stretch their produce to two weeks after trying her previous tips.

“What I suggest doing is getting your bulk groceries the first week, and then in that second week, go into the grocery store and only shop the produce section,” she said.

The comments section offered additional insight into making produce last.

One person said: “Store avocados in water in a sealed container in the fridge. They last forever.”

Another viewer speculated: “I heard that you should never put apples near other produce in the fridge (because) they make other produce spoil quicker.”

There was one produce issue Coons couldn’t solve.

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A TikToker said: “My kids are why my produce doesn’t last 2 weeks.”

Coons replied: “I don’t have an answer for that problem,” followed by an emoji crying with laughter.

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